Big Picture Science

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Big Picture Science is a one-hour radio show and podcast that connects ideas in surprising and humorous ways to illuminate the origins, the behavior, and the future of life—and  technology—on Earth.

What came before the Big Bang?  How does the brain work? Will our descendents be human or machine?  What’s the origin of humor?  We ponder these questions daily... and expound on them weekly.

But, wait!  There’s more!

Are you a doubting Thomas?  Good.  Join us as we separate science from pseudoscience—and facts from the phony—in Skeptic Check, our monthly episode devoted to critical thinking.

Whether it’s astrology, Bigfoot, or just the incessant onslaught of UFOs, we take it all on, wielding the skeptical scalpel of solid science.

It’s Skeptic Check... but don’t take our word for it!

 

 

 

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293 Pieces

Big Picture Science is a weekly one-hour science magazine that connects ideas in surprising and humorous ways to illuminate the origins and evolution of life and technology on this planet… and beyond.


Pieces

Caption: Mars Attracts, Credit: Seth Shostak
In a historic trifecta for space exploration, spacecraft of three countries will arrive at Mars in February. We talk to the science lead for the Em...

Bought by WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WHCP-LP Cambridge, WMUU-LP, KMXT and more


  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Supercomputer Showdown, Credit: Seth Shostak
Do you have a hard-to-answer question? The Summit, Sierra, Trinity, Frontier, and Aurora supercomputers are built to tackle it. Summit tops the pet...

Bought by WCNY, KMUN, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, WYAP and more


  • Added: Jan 18, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Betting on Pseudoscience, Credit: Seth Shostak
Psychics may not be able to predict the future or sense your thoughts. Nonetheless, they rake in big bucks. But the harm from pseudoscience can go ...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, KBBI Alaska, WMUU-LP, WRGY and more


  • Added: Jan 11, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Headed For Trouble, Credit: Seth Shostak
The stone heads on Easter Island are an enduring mystery: why were they built and why were they abandoned and destroyed? Old ideas are yielding to ...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Jan 04, 2021
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 17
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The reign of Le Grand K has come to an end. After 130 years, this hunk of French metal sitting in a vault will no longer define the kilogram. The n...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WHCP-LP Cambridge, KBBI Alaska, WRGY and more


  • Added: Dec 28, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Handling the Holidays, Credit: Seth Shostak
The stress of the holidays can make you want to hide under the covers with a warm cup of cocoa. From gift buying to family gatherings, the holiday...

Bought by KZUM, WUFT, CHSR-FM 97.9, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY and more


  • Added: Dec 21, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 14
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Upcoming asteroid missions will bring back samples from Bennu, and get up-close and personal with seven other small bodies to tell us how the solar...

Bought by CHSR-FM 97.9, KMUN, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting, WRGY, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Dec 14, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: Sex Post Facto, Credit: Seth Shostak
Birds do it, bees do it, but humans may not do it for much longer – at least not for having kids. Instead, babies will be made in the lab, with ge...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, KMUN, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Nov 16, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16
Caption: Time Travel Agents, Credit: Seth Shostak
Hey, let’s meet last week for coffee. Okay, we can’t meet in the past… yet. But is it only a matter of time before we time travel? Physicists have ...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, WUFT, WRGY, Cove Mountain Educational Broadcasting and more


  • Added: Nov 09, 2020
  • Length: 54:03
  • Purchases: 15
Caption: The Other Living World, Credit: Seth Shostak
Reason for hope is just one thing that ecologist Carl Safina can offer. He understands why many of us turn to nature to find solace during this str...

Bought by WMUU-LP, CHSR-FM 97.9, KAZU Seaside, Calif., KMUN, WUFT and more


  • Added: Nov 02, 2020
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 16